Dealing with an Injured Tongue

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An injury or emergency can happen in your mouth, just like any other part of your body. It’s not unheard of for a blow to the face or fall to injure your tongue or cause you to bite down hard on it. This can cause pain and bleeding. If the injury is severe you should consider calling 911 or going directly to the emergency room. You can also call us at 505-898-8063 for advice and tips on how to handle the situation.

If the bleeding is not excessive, you rinse your mouth gently with lukewarm salt water. This can help clean away blood or debris from your mouth, while also soothing the injured tissues. This can also help you determine the severity of the injury.

You can try wrapping your tongue in a few layers of sterile gauze to control minor bleeding. Applying light pressure with fingers or by lightly pressing your tongue to the roof of your mouth can also help stop the bleeding. Try to avoid swallowing too much blood as this can cause nausea and stomach discomfort.

If you have questions about the best way to handle the issue or would like to schedule an appointment should call us at 505-898-8063.